Papillon (2017) – Review

Upon finding himself locked up for a crime he did not commit, Henri Charriere (Charlie Hunnam) begins the long and painstakingly slow process of trying to escape from Devil’s Island, the brutal prison in which he has been confined to, while also befriending a convicted counterfeiter, Louis Dega (Rami Malek), along the way. Papillon is a remake of the original 1973 release that starred Steve McQueen and Dustin Hoffman. An extremely entertaining and at times thought-provoking movie that is currently streaming on Amazon Prime Video.

Rating: 4 out of 5.
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The Lost City of Z (2016) – Review

Culminating in a mysterious disappearance in 1925, this movie follows the true story of the British explorer, Percy Fawcett (Charlie Hunnam), who travelled deep into the Amazon and discovered apparent evidence of a previous civilisation, more advanced than some had originally thought. While being ridiculed by the British establishment back home, the determined explorer continues to return, in an attempt of proving his findings. An intriguing true story with a great cast, that was released in 2016 and is overlooked by some.

Rating: 4 out of 5.
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The 8th Night (2021) – Review

An experienced monk who holds his prayer beads in one hand and a deadly axe in the other, aims to hunt down an age-old spirit that has awoken, and at the same time is determined to cause as much carnage and devastation as possible on planet Earth, by possessing humans one by one. An interesting and unique concept brought to us by a set of Korean filmmakers. It’s worth noting that The 8th Night is currently streaming on Netflix.

Rating: 2.5 out of 5.
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The Tomorrow War (2021) – Review

The entire world is in disbelief and pure shock, after a small group of time travellers arrive from the near future and alert people to the fact that mankind is losing a global war against an unknown, yet deadly, alien species. Their only hope is to rely on everyday civilians to fight in the future and hopefully triumph against the evil that has been inflicted on the planet. An interestingly unique story that has a fairly long runtime, but at the same time is more than worthy of a watch. The Tomorrow War is currently streaming on Amazon Prime Video.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.
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The Seventh Day (2021) – Review

Father Peter (Guy Pearce) a well renowned exorcist teams up with a rookie priest called Father Daniel (Vadhir Derbez) and the pair delve deep into a case surrounding the death of an American family. As they plunge deeper into the mystery surrounding the deaths, the lines between good and evil begin to blur and each of their own inner demons begin to appear. The Seventh Day provides one or two scary moments of suspense, along with a half decent story, but it’s fair to say that the film doesn’t hold too much rewatch value.

Rating: 2 out of 5.
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The Ice Road (2021) – Review

When the remote Katka diamond mine, collapses in the northern regions of Canada, a skilled ice truck driver called Mike (Liam Neeson), along with a small team, front a near impossible rescue mission over the dangerous and frozen ocean, to deliver the necessary equipment to save the lives of the trapped miners. Along the way, the crew face some unexpected problems, along with some predictable ones too. It’s worth noting that The Ice Road was recently released on Amazon Prime Video, and probably isn’t the worst release of 2021, but at the same time, it certainly isn’t the best.

Rating: 3 out of 5.
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Good on Paper (2021) – Review

Andrea (Iliza Shlesinger), is a stand-up comedian, hoping to make it in Hollywood as a successful actress, that has prioritised her career for a multitude of years, but when she accidentally meets Dennis (Ryan Hansen) at an airport in a chance encounter, this nice, smart, seemingly successful man, enters her life and causes havoc in various different ways. This new comedy isn’t the worst thing to hit our screens as of late, but it’s certainly not the finest either. It’s worth noting that Good on Paper is currently streaming on Netflix.

Rating: 2.5 out of 5.
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Arrival (2016) – Review

An expert in linguistics, Louise Banks (Amy Adams), fronts a group of elite investigators when twelve unknown spaceships touchdown in twelve different locations around the globe. With tensions between nations soaring, the team of investigators must find a way to communicate with the extra-terrestrial visitors before it’s too late. A highly acclaimed movie that was originally released in 2016 and is currently streaming on Netflix.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.
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